Apparently I’ve been under a rock because I’m just learning about Walter Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. It comes out tomorrow and is on sale on Amazon right now for just $21.81. Though at the regular price of $35.00 it will qualify for free shipping. D’oh! I just ordered a few books last week. (Side note: you can now give Amazon Prime, which provides free two-day shipping, as a gift; that might be on my wish list.) (Affiliate links, yo.)
You don’t need to hear my full internal dialogue as I wrestle with whether to run out and buy it from a brick and mortar store or wait until I finish the stack of books on my nightstand, or (lightbulb moment!) buy it as a gift for my husband, but that’s where my mind is at the moment.
One thing that seems to differentiate The Innovators from other books in the tech genre is that it takes care to highlight the role of women who helped usher us into the digital age. Perhaps this is because Isaacson has a daughter- one who was exposed to and influenced by female tech role models.
This morning, Laura Sydell from NPR interviewed Isaacson. They discussed today’s high-tech gender imbalance and the lost legacy of tech pioneers like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper.
My friend Jami, who’s been kicking butt as a coder for decades now, pointed the NPR story out to me. One of Jami’s side projects is working to establish a family-friendly makerspace in her community. Check this video below an pop over to their Kickstarter page. Their